1. Chris Lane's 'Fix' Makes Improbable Rise On Indie Label Big Loud Records

    August 05, 2016 8:43 AM EDT When Chris Lane made his Grand Ole Opry debut on Feb. 20, the goal was pretty simple: make it through the performance and don’t say anything stupid. “The walk from the side of the stage to that circle was hands down probably the most nerve-wrackin ...

  2. SiriusXM's J.R. Schumann on Embracing Country's Sound Evolution: 'Nothing Is What It Used to Be'

    August 03, 2016 9:49 AM EDT “I don’t care what anybody says: It is an exciting time to be in radio right now.” That’s the heartfelt sentiment expressed by J.R. Schumann , seven months into his gig as senior director of programming at SiriusXM, where he oversees 13 channels. ...

  3. Aerosmith's Steven Tyler Nabs No. 1 Country Crossover; FGL's 'H.O.L.Y.' Still Rolling

    July 26, 2016 10:45 AM EDT We're All Somebody From Somewhere , the first solo album from Steven Tyler , bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated Aug. 6), selling 17,000 copies in its first week (ending July 21), according to Nielsen Music ...

  4. Country's Fascination With Water Gets Smart Makeover With Eli Young Band's 'Gospel'

    July 22, 2016 8:57 AM EDT Country has had a fascination with the water in recent years, evident in such major titles as  Dierks Bentley ’s “Somewhere on a Beach,”  Little Big Town ’s “Pontoon” and  Jake Owen ’s “Beachin’.” Eli Young Band’s new “Saltwater Gospel” fits into ...

  5. Country Radio Gatekeepers Support Pop Star Collaborations (In Moderation)

    July 19, 2016 12:47 PM EDT Scattered among the usual suspects in the top 20 on the Country Airplay chart are two names closely associated with pop music: Demi Lovato and Elle King . They appear in the list’s top tier thanks to their hit duets with Brad Paisley (“Without a F ...

  6. Pink Moons & Paper Planes: Synchs Brought Obscurities to Public Attention, But Did It Last?

    July 18, 2016 11:42 AM EDT "Paper Planes" still flies, but "Pink Moon" has been eclipsed, while "How to Save A Life" remains vital. All three songs owe their place in most readers' consciousness to the music supervisors who championed them ...

  7. iHeartRadio and National Public Radio Announce Streaming Partnership

    July 14, 2016 9:00 AM EDT iHeartMedia has forged a new partnership with National Public Radio that promises a hefty new distribution platform for NPR’s members stations and provides an injection of new content for iHeartRadio’s subscribers.  The new deal will allow more th ...

  8. From Auto Assembly Line to Air Personality: WYCD Detroit's Linda Lee on Her Radio Journey

    July 12, 2016 2:59 PM EDT Growing up in Detroit in what Linda Lee calls a “Ford Family,” it was no surprise that after high school she followed in the footsteps of her father and several other family members and landed a job on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company. ...

  9. Why An IPO Is The Right Move For CBS Radio

    July 07, 2016 3:53 PM EDT CBS Radio -- the venerable broadcast company that owns 117 stations in 26 markets, including Chicago's top-ranked news station WBBM and Los Angeles' influential alt-rocker KROQ -- will go public by the end of July, according to new docum ...

  10. Garth Brooks Announces His Own SiriusXM Channel, Preps For Yankee Stadium

    July 07, 2016 10:27 AM EDT One the eve of a headline-making concert booking at New York’s Yankee Stadium, Garth Brooks has announced a new partnership with SiriusXM, putting him at the helm of his own 24-7 music station, The Garth Channel. Launching Sept. 8, The Garth Chann ...

  11. CBS Planning to Take Radio Division Public

    July 06, 2016 2:43 PM EDT Nearly four months after announcing its plans to separate itself, CBS Corp. announced today the company is planning to take its radio division public before the end of the month. That would separate CBS Radio and its 117 owned and operated station ...

  12. Big D & Bubba, Others Learn From Their Mistakes While Blazing Podcasting Trail

    June 29, 2016 12:36 PM EDT Even before the 2014 runaway success of Serial , the business of podcasting has been on a hot streak. Radio personalities, artists and others are increasingly joining the trend, hosting a colorful array of podcasts that are often quite different f ...

  13. Jon Pardi Gets Started at No. 1; Keith Urban Scores 20th Airplay Leader

    June 28, 2016 11:33 AM EDT California Sunrise , the second LP from Jon Pardi , dawns at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated July 9), selling 24,000 copies in its first week (ending June 23), according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre, consumption-ba ...

  14. Life After Radio: Former PD Ken Boesen Now Flying High as a Commercial Pilot

    June 09, 2016 11:59 AM EDT Country radio veteran Ken Boesen has enjoyed flying as a hobby for two decades, but after getting merged out of a job at WKIS Miami last summer following a station swap that transferred ownership from Beasley Broadcasting to CBS Radio, he decided ...

  15. SiriusXM Defends Months-Old Latin Programming Decisions Following Criticism from Latin Labels

    June 02, 2016 10:47 AM EDT On Tuesday (June 1), the  Wall Street Journal reported  dire news for Latin music in a story headlined “SiriusXM Cuts Several Latin-Music Channels From Its Satellite Radio Service.” SiriusXM had “cut” eight of its Latin music channels from its sat ...

  16. Blake Shelton's Double-Take: No. 1 on Top Country Albums, Country Airplay

    June 01, 2016 10:37 AM EDT Blake Shelton has turned in one of the best weeks of his career. Shelton, who just wrapped up his 10th season as a coach on NBC's The Voice , concurrently crowns Billboard 's Top Country Albums and Country Airplay charts (dated June 11). ...

  17. From Artist to On-Air Talent: Dustin Lynch Having a Blast With DJ Gig

    May 25, 2016 10:13 AM EDT Thanks to a temporary gig as the midday host on KKGO (Go Country 105) Los Angeles, country star Dustin Lynch has a newfound appreciation for the work of real-life radio air personalities. “The toughest thing for me — because I’m not having a conve ...

  18. Veteran Hot 97 DJ and Beats 1 Host Ebro Darden on Breaking New Artists, Prepping for the Impact and Drama of Summer Jam

    May 20, 2016 10:22 AM EDT Ebro Darden didn't expect a job in retail would lead to radio. But being a stock boy at clothing stores in his native Sacramento was the connection to DJs who wanted first dibs on shipments from then-trendy lines like Karl Kani and Cross Colo ...

  19. Is Terrestrial Radio Facing Its Judgment Day With Fierce Digital Competition?

    May 19, 2016 12:48 PM EDT During a panel discussion at the Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles on April 15, the moderator asked veteran programmer Jim McGuinn , formerly of modern-rock station WPLY (Y100) Philadelphia, why FM was no longer relevant to listeners in their ...

  20. Fans Like The Sound Of That: Country Stays Relevant With Melodic Emphasis

    May 19, 2016 10:34 AM EDT Keith Urban was specifically promoting his new album, Ripcord , when he spoke to USA Today earlier this month, but he could have easily been talking about country music as a whole. “Melody is key,” he told music journalist Bob Doerschuk . “How man ...

  21. Keith Urban's No. 1 'Ripcord' 
Leads Parade of Top 10 Debuts on Country Albums Chart

    May 17, 2016 11:51 AM EDT Keith Urban 's eighth studio album, Ripcord , bounds in at No. 1 on Billboard 's Top Country Albums chart (dated May 28), selling 93,000 copies in the week ending May 12, according to Nielsen Music. On the all-genre Billboard 200, it arr ...

  22. Nash Programmer John Shomby Adjusts to Music City Pace, 'New Cumulus'

    May 12, 2016 12:11 PM EDT On April 14, Cumulus CEO Mary Berner swept into Nashville and dropped a bomb on one of the company’s highest-profile properties. Country Weekly , a magazine that had been in print for 22 years, was shut down in favor of a rebranded digital-only ou ...

  23. The Top 25 Rock Radio Programmers

    May 11, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Who is shaping the future of rock? Rising stars, certainly, such as Cold War Kids , The Strumbellas and The Lumineers , each a current top 10 act on Billboard's Rock Airplay chart. But the programmers at alternative, adult ­alternative and ac ...

  24. Furry Confessions: Meet Some Of 
Country Radio's Most Beloved Mascots

    May 11, 2016 11:57 AM EDT Once a fairly popular part of a radio station’s brand and culture, mascots have been on the wane in recent years. In fact, in a budget-conscious environment, only a handful of country stations still employ a full-time, salaried mascot. Yet if you ...

  25. Jian Ghomeshi Issues 'Peace Bond' to Avoid Second Sexual Assault Trial

    May 11, 2016 11:17 AM EDT Jian Ghomeshi on Wednesday stood in a Toronto courtroom to apologize and sign a peace bond to avoid a second sexual assault trial. In return, Crown attorney Michael Callaghan withdrew the final criminal count to bring the high profile sexual assau ...

  26. Nashville Mayor Announces Radio Week

    May 09, 2016 5:35 PM EDT Nashville Mayor Megan Barry has declared Sept. 19-25 as Radio Week in celebration of the city's close ties with the industry, and the first appearance of the National Association of Broadcasters' 2016 Radio Show in town. Naturally, Nashv ...

  27. Scott Helman, Alessia Cara Top Canadian Radio Music Awards

    May 06, 2016 5:27 PM EDT The Weeknd, Alessia Cara, Shawn Mendes and new “it” group The Strumbellas were among the winners at today’s (May 6) Canadian Radio Music Awards, a ticketed event held in Toronto as part of Canadian Music Week, which holds its own two day “Radio In ...

  28. JoJo Wright to Hit 20 Years at L.A.'s KIIS-FM With New Contract

    May 06, 2016 2:09 PM EDT JoJo Wright , who handles weeknights on iHeartRadio’s 102.7 KIIS-FM in Los Angeles, has signed a two-year contract extension at the hit music station. Wright hosts "JoJo on the Radio" weekdays from 7-10 p.m. and will celebrate 20 years a ...

  29. More Obscure Than a One-Hit Wonder? The Legends Who Never Had a Hit

    May 05, 2016 10:35 AM EDT I’ve been policing Sirius XM’s “Onederland” this week, their pop-up channel devoted to one-hit wonders and so far, I’m pleased to note, they’ve mostly been playing one-hit wonders. With so many artists reduced to a hit or two by Classic Hits radio ...

  30. CBS Exceeds Quarterly Earnings Expectations

    May 04, 2016 12:08 PM EDT On the back of strong ratings and ad sales -- as well as Super Bowl 50 -- CBS exceeded quarterly earnings expectations by reporting $1.02 in per-share profit on $3.85 billion in revenue. The company was expected to earn 93 cents per share on $3.8 ...

  31. iHeartMedia's Debt Interest -- Over a Half a Billion In First Quarter -- Drags Earnings

    May 04, 2016 11:22 AM EDT ​Servicing iHeartMedia's  $20.8 billion debt is a drag on the company's earnings -- the company paid $558 million in interest in the quarter, with the total bill on that interest estimated at $1.8 billion for the year. The weight of thes ...

  32. Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' Will Be Simulcast on Radio Stations Nationwide on Wednesday

    May 03, 2016 1:30 PM EDT The opening line from one of Prince 's most beloved songs has sparked a tribute to the late icon, set to air on radio stations worldwide tomorrow (May 4). KCMP (89.3 The Current) Minneapolis has invited stations to fete the legendary Minneapo ...

  33. Chris Young, Cassadee Pope Crown 
the Country Airplay Chart

    May 03, 2016 11:29 AM EDT Chris Young and Cassadee Pope 's duet "Think of You" rises 3-1 in its 18th week on Billboard 's Country Airplay chart (dated May 14), increasing by 8 percent to 46.8 million audience impressions in the week ending May 1, accord ...

  34. CMA Study: Hard Times Create New Opportunities for Country Music With Minorities, Youth

    May 03, 2016 11:14 AM EDT Something dramatic has happened to country music since the Great Recession of 2008. The uncertainty and instability created by the downturn in business sectors, coupled with ongoing technological changes, led large segments of the U.S. population ...

  35. Country Radio Programmers Debate Surplus of Slow Songs For Spring

    April 27, 2016 11:00 AM EDT As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead, they’re hearing mo ...

  36. Nashville Notes: Dierks Bentley to Hit Spring Break; 'Scooby-Doo' Actor Joins New Orleans Radio Station

    April 26, 2016 1:27 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES The stadium concert season began in earnest this past weekend as Kenny Chesney launched his Spread the Love Tour on April 23 with the first-ever concert at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., the home of the Auburn Tigers football te ...

  37. Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts Like the Sound of No. 1 on Country Charts

    April 19, 2016 11:03 AM EDT Dierks Bentley earns his 11th No. 1 on Billboard 's Hot Country Songs chart, and first in nearly four years, as "Somewhere on a Beach" breaks 4-1 on the April 30 list. The track tops Hot Country Songs, which encompasses sales, strea ...

  38. 'Merle Did Things His Way': Country Radio Programmers Cite Haggard's Enduring Influence

    April 13, 2016 12:53 PM EDT Merle Haggard ’s death from pneumonia on April 6 hit many country radio programmers hard, and left them pausing to reflect on the County Music Hall of Famer’s profound and lasting influence on the format. For some, “Hag” was part of the reason the ...

  39. Doug Banks, Urban Radio Icon, Dies at 57

    April 12, 2016 9:14 PM EDT The radio industry is mourning the death of syndicated radio personality Doug Banks, host of the popular The Doug Banks Show.  The 57-year-old passed away on Monday (April 11) reportedly of complications owing to diabetes. “What made Doug so succe ...

  40. San Francisco Radio Station KFOG Taps Matt Pinfield as New Morning Host

    April 12, 2016 2:24 PM EDT Sirius XM on-air personality Matt Pinfield is heading out to San Francisco as the new morning host of KFOG, Cumulus Radio announced today (April 12). Pinfield will anchor KFOG's new weekday programming schedule, which debuts April 20. Current ...

  41. Ten Songs That Legendary Radio Station CKLW Helped Break

    April 06, 2016 4:48 PM EDT The excellent Juno Awards tribute to Rosalie Trombley understandably focused on big names and the better-known songs broken under her watch as Music Director at CKLW: Bob Seger, Randy Bachman, Gordon Lightfoot. That’s understandable. But it necess ...

  42. Layoffs Hit San Francisco's KGO Radio And KFOG Amid Restructuring

    April 01, 2016 2:23 PM EDT More than a dozen full-time staffers at San Francisco's KGO Radio and KFOG 104.5 FM were laid off on Thursday (March 31) by parent company Cumulus Radio in what was described as a restructuring effort. According to the San Francisco Examiner ...

  43. Terri Clark Is 'Giddy' Over New Gig As Host Of Country Gold

    March 30, 2016 12:11 PM EDT Terri Clark is a big fan of ’90s country, and not just because most of her own hits occurred during the latter half of that decade. She calls the era’s music “pretty amazing,” noting, “They were still writing songs about stories and life” in those ...

  44. Nashville Notes: Old Crow Medicine Show Going 'Blonde'; New Host for Westwood One's 'Country Gold'

    March 23, 2016 12:44 PM EDT NEWS + NOTES As one expects at awards shows, the Academy of Country Music's 51st annual soiree on April 3 will include a number of special performances. Among the latest announcements: Dolly Parton will duet with pop star Katy Perry during th ...

  45. Nashville Execs Say Tide Is Slowly Turning for Female Country Artists

    March 22, 2016 2:51 PM EDT It has been nearly 10 months since radio consultant Keith Hill created national headlines and brought new attention to a perennial issue — the disparity in the numbers of successful male and female artists in country music — when he referred to wo ...

  46. Nielsen Launches Digital Audio Ratings Service

    March 18, 2016 2:10 PM EDT Consumers have choices in how they listen to radio, so Nielsen has introduced a new service aimed at helping broadcasters, buyers and marketers measure the value and size of both over-the-air (OTA) and digital audiences. The Nielsen Digital Audio ...

  47. What Happens When Pop/Alternative Radio Runs Out of Alternatives?

    March 17, 2016 9:12 PM EDT Why has the pop/alternative format been so elusive for radio programmers? When KLCK (Click 98.9) Seattle switched format on March 16, becoming KVRQ (Rock 98-9), it was the second high-profile attempt at combining pop and alternative to do so recen ...

  48. CBS Planning to Sell or Spin Off Radio Division

    March 15, 2016 7:18 PM EDT CBS plans to sell, spin off or swap its radio division later this year, as its 117 stations across 26 markets have become slow-growth and a drain on resources.  CBS Radio Chief Andre Fernandez Grades His First 10 Months on the Job CBS Chairman &am ...

  49. iHeartMedia, With $20 Billion in Debt, Looks to Restructure a Portion While Holding Off Creditors

    March 09, 2016 4:23 PM EST iHeartMedia is fighting back against a default notice sent by a group of senior debt holders as it tries to restructure its massive debt load.  A group of creditors claimed Monday that iHeartMedia had violated the lending agreement by shifting mon ...

  50. Chuck Wicks on Juggling Radio and Recording Careers: 'At the End of the Day, I'm Entertaining'

    March 09, 2016 9:16 AM EST Chuck Wicks is getting the hang of this radio thing. Almost three years into his gig as a co-host of Cumulus’ nationally syndicated America’s Morning Show , he says, “I feel like I’m getting better. When I first started I had no idea what I was do ...

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